EligOrganizations

Government Entities

Additional Information about Funding for Government Entities
The Foundation generally will not make grants to governmental entities for:

  • Activities that were historically funded by that entity through local funds in previous years and for which funding was cut at the discretion of the locality;
  • Activities that are customarily part of the functions of governmental entities in other jurisdictions of comparable size and scope;
  • Activities that are currently performed by a viable non-governmental entity;
  • Activities that are mandated as local obligations by state and/or federal authorities, except where state/federal authorities stipulate private matching funds for support of a particular effort; and,
  • Activities eligible for funding through issuance of municipal bonds by state and/or local authorities.

For purposes of grant applications, The Cameron Foundation will treat governmental entities as follows:

  • Municipal agencies and authorities operating at the departmental level with a department head will be considered as separate organizations (i.e. Department of Social Services, Department of Police, etc.). As such, an individual department may receive only one grant from the Foundation per year. Sublevel agencies within departments must apply under the auspices of the entire department. Grant requests from different subunits within the aforementioned entities will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity. An entity may receive no more than one grant from the Foundation during a fiscal year of the Foundation.
  • Regional agencies and/or authorities created by state law and/or through operating agreements between multiple municipalities will be treated as one entity. Municipal entities under the oversight of such regional agencies will be considered as separate entities from each other and the regional agency. The overarching regional agency may apply on behalf of said locality for grant funds (i.e. health department, community services board, planning district commission, etc.) without jeopardizing the regional entity’s application status or that of local agencies under its purview. Grant requests from different subunits within the aforementioned entities will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity. An entity may receive no more than one grant from the Foundation during a fiscal year of the Foundation.
  • Public elementary, secondary, and vocational schools governed by a larger public school district may individually apply for grant funding. Additionally, the central administration of a school district may apply for division-wide projects that affect multiple schools and other subunits. Grant requests from different subunits within the aforementioned entities will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity. An entity may receive no more than one grant from the Foundation during a fiscal year of the Foundation.
  • For individual public higher education institutions within the Foundation’s service region, individual departments, schools, colleges, institutes, and centers within the institution will be treated all under the auspices of the single institution. Grant requests from different subunits within the aforementioned entities will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity. A public higher education institution may receive no more than one grant from the Foundation during a fiscal year of the Foundation.

When applying for funds predicated on the actual or expected loss of state and/or federal funding, a local governmental entity must demonstrate that:

  1. There is significant and ongoing demand for the programs and services provided by the agency
  2. The agency lacks the capacity to respond to the loss of funding and such loss would result in a severe reduction or cessation of the programs and/or services offered
  3. A strategy to preserve the programs and/or services in the future has been clearly identified, and
  4. No nonprofit organization exists which has the capacity to assume responsibility for and carry out the programs and services